People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 12, 2006
impressive march was organized in Delhi by over 15 leading women’s groups to
mark International women’s day. Women from all walks of life, belonging to
different parts of Delhi, enthusiastically participated in the rally in large
raised slogans demanding the early passage of the bill for 33% reservation of
women in Parliament and state legislatures; speedy implementation of the Common
Minimum Programme of the UPA government, especially provisions pertaining to
women; and security for women in Delhi. The participants also voiced their
protest against rising prices and anti-poor policies pursued by the government in the name of globalization and
rally began from Delhi Gate, passed through Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and
culminated in a public meeting at ITO chowk.
of the organizations called upon the women to unitedly struggle for women’s
rights, which are increasingly being threatened today.
raised concern on a wide range of issues. All the speakers
unanimously condemned the alarming decline in child sex ratio in the
country in general and Delhi in particular which has gone down to 845:1000. This
is also a manifestation of increase in cases of female foeticide. The speakers
asked for a proper implementation of the Pre Natal DeterminationTest Act.
speakers also demanded strengthening and regularization of Public Distribution
System. They expressed concern at
the growing trends towards fundamentalism and communalism of which women are the
who spoke included Sudha Sundaraman of AIDWA, Annie Raja of NFIW, Husna Subhani
of WCSRC, Binu of SAMA, Kanta of Savitri Bai Phule Mahila Sangathan, Kusum
Sehagl of Swastik Mahila Samiti, Sucharita of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, and
leaders of YWCA, Nirmala Niketan, Niramn Mazdoor Panchayat Sangam, National
Forum of Dalit Women, Nurses’ Union, etc.
meeting adopted a resolution condemning the bomb blasts in Varanasi. The
gathering observed a two-minute silence condoling the loss of innocent lives and
strongly condemned this barbaric act of terror.